Learning to Code Helps Kids Excel
As kids settle into the classroom this fall, parents may find themselves wondering what this school year has in store for their child’s education. Over the summer, we found that more and more children were learning to code for the first time. Free online tools targeted toward beginners made learning to code easy and accessible. Whether your child began coding over the summer or not, this is the perfect time to try one of Tynker’s SELF-PACED PLANS. Let’s take a look at why learning to code so important to a child’s education.
Coding’s Crucial Role in Developing Soft Skills
Learning to code helps kids develop soft skills that will be invaluable to them both during their school years and later in life when choosing a career.
With computer programming, failure is just a part of the creative process. Any professional programmer will tell you that getting all your code right on the first try is about as likely as winning the lottery. Because of this, all coders are equipped with problem-solving skills and resilience.
Another soft skill that coding enhances is communication – which may be surprising until you realize that learning how to code is like learning a new language. The process of coding teaches logical communication because it requires ideas to be expressed concisely and completely for the code to work.
Learning to Code Develops Math and Writing skills
- Math: Coding helps children boost their problem-solving skills and teaches them about abstract math concepts, as well as algorithmic and computational thinking. These abilities transfer to learning math in the classroom.
- Writing: Coding teaches organizational skills that are similar to those needed for writing. Tynker is also a great way for kids to craft their stories in the form of video games.
- Creativity: Formulating a solution to a programming problem often requires some level of experimentation, which boosts creativity. Coding also strengthens whole-brain thinking.
- Confidence: Building programming skills and being able to create and finish projects from scratch improves the confidence level of kids learning to code.
Learning to Code at Home
Tynker’s self-paced platform is a great way for children to learn how to code on their own as well supplement the computer programming they’re learning at school.
A Comprehensive Learning Path
Fun adventures, game-like lessons, and interest-based activities motivate kids to continue learning to code. Tynker offers:
- 6 Progressive Levels with over 5,000 Learning Modules
- Self-Paced Courses & Activities
- Live, Online, One-On-One Classes
- Make your own Video Games, Art, & Music
- Web Dev with HTML, CSS
- Control Robots & Drones
- Design Minecraft mods
- Prep for AP Computer Science
Guided Interactive Learning
- Built-in Tutorials & How-to Videos
- Interactive Explanations
- 3 Mobile Apps
- Free Play Mode
- Parent Dashboard
- Coding Puzzles & Challenges
- Safe, Secure Tynker Community
Powerful Creativity Tools
If kids can imagine it, they can build it with code using our creativity suite tools.
- Tynker Workshop
- Drawing & Animation Tools
- 3D Modeling for Minecraft
- Jupyter-style Notebooks
- Physics Engine
- Rich Media Gallery
Learning To Code Will Set Up Your Child for Future Success
Coding is quickly becoming an essential skill, one that will prepare your kids to succeed in an increasingly digital world. The ability to code will open many doors in future job markets. Since Tynker focuses on teaching its users to create their own video games, some kids might even see themselves in the game design industry.
However, there are plenty of other careers where coding skills can come in handy. For example, did you know that computer programming can be used whether you’re a musician, a pastry chef, or even a beekeeper? Jobs like these are discussed in one of Tynker’s games, Barbie™ You Can Be Anything™.
New Tynker Plans
Children can access a limited amount of Tynker content for FREE but can unlock so much more by subscribing to one of our NEW PLANS: Quarterly, Yearly, or Lifetime. Each of our Individual Plans also has a great Family Plan deal for up to three family members.
Ages 5-7 can get started with code by solving logic problems and creating simple apps to master coding basics.
Ages 8-13 can build their own apps and games, explore STEM subjects, design Minecraft mods, and control robots and drones.
We can’t wait to see what your children will create with code!
Check out Tynker’s Curriculum and learn more about inspiring the next generation to change the world through code.